FAQ: How should I Color Black Hair To Brown Shade?

Do I have to use a bleach to color black hair to brown shade?

Well it depends on situation. If you colored your hair black (artificially) then YES. First you need to remove enough of the pigment (make it a little lighter) so you can deposit brown pigment into your lighter hair. You would not be able to make artificial black color lighter without a bleach.

If you never colored your hair before, and it is naturaly black, then NO. You can use any green based light brown color and you may end up with medium to dark coffee color shade. But again it really depends on pigmentation of your black hair, because your natural pigments will "intermingle" with artificial hair coloring from a bottle. It may pick up a slightly reddish tinge just like in the image to the left. (I think that Penelope Cruz looks absolutely beautiful in this "coffee color" shade.)

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This post should be taken as a first step for a discussion with your hairdresser and/or colorist about your ideas, desires or problems with your hair. Under no circumstances, you should act upon this post ONLY. I strongly advice you to have your hair done by a skilled and reputable hairdresser/colorist in your area.